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Group policy setup for the Edge extension

Updated on August 19, 2022

Explicitly allow the Edge extension in the Group Policy Editor to use the Edge extension when you create or run automations in the Microsoft Edge browser.

There are two ways that you can allow the extension:

  • Force installing the extension
  • Add the extension to the Allow list

Best practice is to force install the extension because that also enables the extension. If you add the extension to the Allow list, you must then enable the extension in a separate task.

Download and install the Administrative Templates for Edge for group policy before you allow the extension. Download the templates from the following website:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Force installing the Edge extension

Force install the Microsoft Edge extension when you create or run automations in the Microsoft Edge browser to install and enable the extension.

  1. In the Search box the Taskbar, enter Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, enter gpmc.msc.
    Run dialog box
    Starting the Group Policy Management console
  3. In the Group Policy Management console, select Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge > Extensions and enable Control which extensions are installed silently.
  4. In the Control which extensions are installed silently dialog box, add an entry to the update.xml file a value that includes the extension ID and the path to the update.xml file for the browser extension. The following is an example:
    iodegoagldeabbkcidchfdifcghijihb;file:///C:/Program Files (x86)/Pegasystems/
    Pega Browser Extension/BrowserExtensions/Edge/update.xml

    Installing the Pega Browser Extension creates the update.xmlfile in the Pegasystems/Pega Browser Extension/BrowserExtensions/Edge directory. You can complete this step before or after you set up the group policy setting.

Adding the Edge extension to the Allow List

Add the Microsoft Edge extension to the group policy allow list when you create or run automations in the Microsoft Edge browser to install the extension.

  1. From the Taskbar, enter Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, enter gpmc.msc.
    Run dialog box
    Starting the Group Policy Management console
  3. In the Group Policy Management console, select Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge > Extensions and enable Allow specific extensions to be installed.
  4. In the Allow specific extensions to be installed field, add a value with the following extension ID:
    iodegoagldeabbkcidchfdifcghijihb
What to do next: Enable the extension on each computer that you use to create or run automations.

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